Arlen Jerry Riter

1941 - 2021

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Arlen "Jerry" Riter, 79, of Findlay passed away at Blanchard Valley Hospital on Thursday, January 7, 2021. He was born in Findlay to the late Richard and Alvina (Patton) Riter. He married Jo Eberly, in 1963 and she survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Missy Riter of Rochester, NY; four sons, Jeff (Margaret) Riter of Ypsilanti, MI, Drew (Kim) Riter of Dublin, OH, Jeremy (Karissa) Riter of Owensboro, KY and Craig (Jennifer) Riter of Seattle, WA; five grandchildren, Makenna, Mason, Brittany, Todd and Finley and a great-granddaughter, Madeline. Jerry retired in 2005 from both AK Steel and Koppel Steel as a controller. Honoring his wishes, the family will hold a private memorial service in his memory and burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Homes for Our Troops or Mercy Ships and online condolences can be shared by visiting coldrencrates.com. Arrangements in care of Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay.


Service Information

  • Final Resting Place:

    Elm Grove Cemetery [Map]

    Marion Township, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

  • Instructions:

    All Services Will Be Private.
    [Live Stream of Service]



Condolences For Arlen Jerry Riter

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To : Jo Riter
Date :Monday, January 11th 2021
From : Evie and Ron Burns
Dear Jo,
I feel so fortunate to have been at Body Fix at the right time to meet you and begin a long lasting relationship with you and Jerry. I was always so happy about 10:00 MWF’s. It’s not everyday that you meet and feel such a connection with a couple and become such friends. I truly miss the laughter from our silly conversations, talking about music, movies and I will miss my history lessons from Jerry for sure. Jerry was such an inspiration in his workouts and the way he looked at life. ❤️. Jo you are a very special person as well. When the vaccine is out I will look forward to having lunch sometime. However, we can still FaceTime. God bless you, Evie and Ron



To : family of Jerry Riter
Date :Wednesday, January 13th 2021
From : wayne and vera sheets
Dear family of Jerry, we are so sorry to learn about the passing of Jerry. What a fun and great classmate of 59 at arlington high school. Many wonderful memories!! God Bless You!!



To : The Riter Family
Date :Saturday, January 16th 2021
From : The Fredrick-Hoffman Family
Dear Riter Family--
Our hearts go out to you at this dark time. We remember Jerry's warm smile, and the conversations we had during the festivities for Brittany and John's wedding. We hope your memories of Jerry--Husband, Father, Grandfather--will sustain you all as you deal with Jerry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathy, Carl, Chris, & Liz



To : Jo Riter and family
Date :Saturday, January 16th 2021
From : Valerie Whipple
Our condolences to you and your family. Sad times when we can't give hugs to help the healing.

Sincerely,
Val and Les



To : Jo Riter and family
Date :Saturday, January 16th 2021
From : Valerie Whipple
Our condolences to you and your family. Sad times when we can't give hugs to help the healing.

Sincerely,
Val and Les



To : Jo Riter
Date :Monday, January 18th 2021
From : David Hartman
Dear Jo and family,

I've known Jerry every since Arlington grade school and high school class of 59. I used to visit him on the farm as a young boy, we were both farm boys, and knew his parents, they were nice people. After school we went our separate ways, Jerry went to college and moved away on his job and I started working at Cooper and then got drafted in the Army and came home and met my wife and raised our family. We were disconnected for awhile. Then we got connected again when Jerry moved back to Findlay to take care of his mother. Jerry liked to go out to eat around Findlay and my wife and I joined them and had a lot of good times socially with them. We caught back up. I appreciated the support they gave me after my wife died in Oct. Lost my wife and one of my best freinds within two months, it's very sad. I will miss his friendship. Our thoughts are with you Jo.



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